A UK couple are slamming the Emirates airline for alleged unfair treatment, after the woman was kicked off a flight when staff overheard her mention period pain to her boyfriend.
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Beth Evans, 24 and her boyfriend Joshua Moran, 26, were recently ordered to leave the £400 (NZ$760) Emirates flight to Dubai, just before it took off from Birmingham airport.
The couple told The Sun a flight attendant heard Ms Evans complain that she had stomach pains caused by a painful period.
Ms Evans says she described the pain as a "one out of 10" and said she was happy to take the seven-hour flight.
But the plane's crew told the couple they had to leave as there was no doctor on board.
Mr Moran, a 26-year-old barber, told The Sun that "it was madness" to be kicked off for period pain.
"Beth was in tears and getting upset when the hostess was asking her questions. It's embarrassing to have to explain about period pains when it's being overheard," he said.
"They didn't have anyone look her over. They just contacted a medical team in the US and they said Beth couldn't fly."
The furious couple each paid £250 (NZ$480) to rebook their holiday flights.
An Emirates spokesman told The Sun "the passenger alerted crew that she was suffering from discomfort and pain and mentioned she was feeling unwell.
"The captain made the decision to request medical support and offload Ms Evans so she could access medical assistance.
"We would not have wanted to endanger Ms Evans by delaying medical help had she worsened during the flight."